You’re about to have a delicious banana bread breakfast or snack, but you don’t know what to eat with banana bread.
There’s a plethora of options when it comes to foods that you can combine with banana bread. You can serve it with sweet options, like various types of chocolate, sauces, fruits, and even ice cream.
You can also have it with sour options, such as lemon and orange. Further, it goes perfectly well with almost all nuts. The list goes on.
In this article, we’ll walk you through all the options you can pair with banana bread to make it much more tasty and nutritious.
Most people look for a quick and delicious breakfast. Banana bread has both qualities. Still, with some additions, it can be more delectable and healthy.
Here’s a list of things you can add to the bread to get a yummy breakfast:
Whether it’s plain or with added fruits or vanilla, yogurt is a perfect partner for banana bread for breakfast.
Taste-wise, you’ll enjoy the yogurt’s creamy taste and the banana’s sweet and flavorful taste.
Nutrition-wise, you’ll get a perfect amount of protein from yogurt, especially if it’s Greek yogurt.
In addition, you’ll ingest a considerable amount of potassium from the potassium-rich bananas for better heart health and muscle flexibility.
What a breakfast!
You can add a few healthy fats and a sweet taste to the bread by serving it with a handful of nuts.
Although most people prefer to have it with walnuts, various types of nuts can provide the tasty and healthy breakfast you desire.
So, pick your favorite type of nuts: almonds, hazelnuts, or others, and give it a try.
Alternatively, you can bake or buy banana bread containing different nuts, as one of the main ingredients.
Nuts that go well with banana bread, include the following:
- Brazil nuts
Whether homemade or manufactured, peanut butter is a nutritious and satiate option for breakfast or as a snack.
Adding it to banana bread will give it a creamy, rich taste and texture. It’ll also provide you with a considerable amount of protein.
An excellent kick-off for chocolate lovers would be a combination of dark chocolate with moist banana bread.
You can apply dark chocolate spread over the bread for a quick breakfast, or eat chocolate pieces with the bread slices.
To make the chocolate taste much richer, you can use chocolate banana bread for this meal instead of the traditional one.
Add Nutella to your banana bread to get a mouth-watering combination of flavors.
Bananas, chocolate, and hazelnut, create a sweet, creamy breakfast that’ll make your morning.
Chocolate sauce is another chocolate option that can be mixed perfectly with banana bread.
Spreading the smooth, rich sauce over the soft, sweet bread will definitely result in an appetizing breakfast.
Spreading chocolate pudding over your banana bread increases its sweetness and richness. However, the strong taste of pudding might dominate and hide the banana flavor.
So, if you want to enjoy both chocolate and bread tastes, consider using only a small amount of pudding.
You can add slices of orange, grapefruit, or clementines to your banana bread to create a tangy flavor.
The citrus taste of these fruits and the sweet one of bananas will create a unique mix of a sweet and tropical feel. It’s an excellent choice for those who love to try non-traditional flavors.
In addition, if you want a more acidic taste in this meal, replace regular banana bread with citrus banana bread.
You can add extra sweetness to your bread by pairing it with honey. You can have this tasty and simple mix alone or add a bunch of nuts to boost nutrients and taste.
Having a sweet meal of banana bread with some fruit compote can be a tasty breakfast. You can try blackberry, apple, strawberry, or any other compote.
If compotes aren’t sweet enough for you as a breakfast with banana bread, boost the sweetness level by replacing compotes with jams.
You may try lemon curd or peaches as well.
If you think that maple syrup paired with pancakes is delicious, you’ll probably love it with banana bread.
Maple syrup will give a boost of additional yet different sweetness to the bread.
To get a cool breakfast or snack any time of the day, serve some vanilla ice cream atop a slice or two of banana bread and enjoy.
The taste of vanilla and banana mix perfectly well, providing delicious flavors. That’s why banana bread has a small amount of vanilla in the ingredient!
This mix is ideal for you if you’re into creamy and sweet foods. Adding vanilla custard to your bread will give you an incredibly rich snack or breakfast.
Another creamy option to add to your banana bread is whipped cream. It’s a delicious and satiate meal for breakfast.
Add a layer of creamy and smooth cream cheese to banana bread to make it taste richer. In addition, you can add a bunch of grated cheese over the cream cheese to add more flavor.
The above options are plentiful. Still, there are other foods that you can eat side by side with banana bread.
For example, to have banana bread with seeds, you can choose sunflower, chia, pumpkin, or flaxseed.
To pair it with chocolate, you can pick from milk, white, semi-sweet, and the mentioned above dark chocolate.
If you want to add vegetables, pumpkin, zucchini, and carrots will be ideal. To have it with cheese, opt for cheddar or cream cheese.
Here are some other recommendations:
Besides the citrus fruits mentioned above, banana bread can pair well with other fresh and dried fruits to provide a great taste.
Here’s a list of fruit that makes a perfect combination with this bread:
2 – Butter
Different types of butter can add a creamy and rich taste to any food, including banana bread.
However, to get the best-tasting meal, you should be picky when choosing the butter type to add to your bread.
Here’s a list of the best types to eat with banana bread:
- Honey butter
- Brown butter chocolate
- Brown-sugar butter
- Whipped cinnamon honey butter
- Banana bread nut butter
3 – Spices
Adding a bit of spice can also be a perfect idea. The most common spice used with banana bread is cinnamon.
However, there are other kinds of spices that pair ideally with this bread. Here’s a list of these spices:
4 – Icing
Icing can add a layer of sweetness to the bread. It’ll also make the meal cooler. Multiple icing options can go well with banana bread.
Here are the most common icing flavors to use with this bread:
- Maple glaze
- Vanilla lemon
- Brown butter
Similar to foods, banana bread goes well with a myriad of beverages. It combines with almost anything. Still, these are the most common drinks to have with banana bread:
Milk is the most popular beverage served with banana bread.
Whether served cold or slightly warm, it adds a neutral taste to the sweet banana, making the meal more delectable.
The strong flavor of tea goes well with the sugary one of the bread. You can try different types of tea to find the best match: Earl Grey tea, chai, or any type of black tea.
Each has a slightly different experience. Still, all goes well with this bread.
If you like milk and tea, you can get the best of both worlds by mixing them together and serving them with your banana bread.
You can try Assam Tea with milk or make your own mix.
Good news for the broad audience of coffee lovers.
Coffee can be an excellent addition to your banana bread breakfast. For this, try strong black coffee. Both American and espresso coffee do well too.
So, this should only be a dessert dish or an occasional breakfast for someone following a healthy diet.
However, with some shifts in the ingredients, you can enjoy much healthier banana bread. To do so, replace the white flour with whole wheat flour, coconut flour, nut flour, or oat flour.
These flour alternatives are higher in protein and fiber content. Adding seeds, like chia and flaxseed, can increase fiber as well.
To reduce the amount of sugar in the bread, you should replace the sugar with more bananas, apple juice, or monk fruit.
Nevertheless, these replacements in ingredients will change the taste of traditional banana bread a bit. Some people may not like the new taste as a result.
What to eat with banana bread? There are countless options you can eat with banana bread. You can pair this bread with sweet, cold, and even sour foods.
Fruits like pineapple, mango, strawberry, and even orange create an irresistible mix with banana bread. Different types of butter are also perfect with that bread.
In addition, if you’re a chocolate lover, dark, milk, white, and semi-sweet chocolates go well with this bread.
Further, various icing options can be incredibly yummy with this bread. To have an ideal beverage with this meal, choose between milk, coffee, tea, and tea with milk.
Sarah is the founder of Baking Kneads, LLC, a blog sharing guides, tips, and recipes for those learning how to bake. Growing up as the daughter of a baker, she spent much of her childhood learning the basics in a local bakery.